The only way the music community is going to come out on the other side of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic is by pulling together and helping each other. A lot of experts as saying it’s not going to come back the way it did before, and they might be right. But in the meantime let’s uplift each other and help each other make it through. Ghost Cult scribe and music marketing expert Matt Bacon has pulled together this list from across musicians, producers, journalists, and other music industry folks to offer help.
We are in the middle of a crazy time. I just wanted to take the time to compile here a
list of free services you can take advantage of as we try to come together and all help each
other as we face the craziest event in our lifetimes. If you have anything to add or corrections
please email me at Matt@dropoutmedia.net
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Who: Dropout Media
Services/Offer: Free 15 minute consulting sessions
Contact: Matt at Matt@dropoutmedia.net
Who: The Scorpion LTD
Services/Offer: Free strategy calls.
Contact: Cait at Cait@thescorpionltd.com
Who: JV Agency
Services/Offer: Free consulting sessions
Contact: Jaz at firstname.lastname@example.org
Who: Infecting Cells PR
Services/Offer: Will send out press releases, if you write them (though he is willing to help).
Contact: Keith at email@example.com
Who: Throne Of Iron
Services/Offer: Will teach you how to set up your band for merch on demand.
Contact: Tucker at firstname.lastname@example.org
Who: Ty Christian
Services/Offer: Consult on how to launch your patreon.
Who: Alec Head
Services/Offer: Offering to spellcheck bios or press releases AND offer consultation on stage presentation. The dude is a skilled actor.
Who: Ghost Cult Mag
Services/Offer: Free advertising to bands on their site IF your tour was impacted by the coronavirus, Contact:email@example.com
Who: Metal Sucks
Services/Offer: Any band who has had a tour cancelled can get free advertising on Metalsucks
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: “CORONER VIRUS”
Who: Overt Enemy
Services/Offer: Will do shoutouts to bands impacted by COVID 19 cancelations on their socials. Contact: Email your social media/music links and how this is impacting your band to OvertEnemyBand@gmail.com
Who: Metal Coffee Promotions
Services/Offer: 2 months free for bands impacted by COVID 19 show/tour cancelations. Metal Coffee Promotions is offering 2 months free for bands impacted by COVID 19 show/tour cancelations. Includes: Interviews for the band + individual interviews for all band members ie. singer, guitars, bass, drums, keys on http://www.themetalmoose.com ‘s Metal Coffee Grinder Blog. Inclusion on the Soundcheck Podcast, Spotify and YouTube playlists + two month PR Push to 6k+ radio stations, blogs, magazines and websites.
Who: Gimme Radio
Services/Offer: Letting any bands impacted by the virus do a show on their platform.
Who: Mission Media Group
Services/Offer: Will shout you out on their socials AND add you to one of their Spotify playlists Contact:email@example.com
Who: Riff Relevant
Services/Offer: For heavy rock/metal bands they will add you to their playlists, give you Twitter and Instagram shoutouts, will include you in a special feature on bands whose tours were impacted by the coronavirus AND you can be featured in their new “Gear Assembly” series! WOW!
Contact: Get in touch with Leanne at Leanne@riffrelevant.com & include all social media & streaming links, & how the pandemic impacted their band.
Who: Seeing Red Records
Services/Offer: Will add you to their big playlist here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5T0MBlB56zLOZfmMB7m69Z
Contact: DM Tom on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/seeing_red_records
Studio / Writing
Who: Bart Gabriel
Services/Offer: If your band was directly affected by coronavirus, he will master ANYTHING for you for CD, Vinyl, Bandcamp/Itunes/Youtube and convert it into your desired format or prep a DDP master for pressing for FREE!
Who: Duncan Evans
Services/Offer: Happy to mix any song for you if they are within a genre he gets (most ‘alternative music’ should be fine)
Who: Charlie White
Services/Offer: offering free songwriting sessions for 10 people
Who: Ryan Williams
Services/Offer: Will master bands for anyone who had a tour cancelled or a song for anyone out of work
Design / Graphic Design
Who: Steven Waddell
Services/Offer: Offering up his designs to bands who want them for merch.
Who: Balmore Lemus
Services/Offer: Will help with graphic design for FB banners and similar.
Who: Sascha Rose
Services/Offer: Offering to use any of his spare art for free. Check out his work.
Who: Amanda Sayah
Services/Offer: Offering free resume designs.
Who: Carlos Crowcell
Services/Offer: Offering flyer design!
Who: Mina Wakure
Services/Offer: Offering to do layouts, graphic design and merch design!
Radio / Podcast
Who: 106.6 The Blast
Services/Offer: Taking guest shows
Who: Rock Assault Radio
Services/Offer: Inviting people onto the show
Who: Fistful of Metal
Services/Offer: Featuring bands affected on their radio show
Who: In Cold Storage Podcast
Services/Offer: Looking for guests
Who: A Fistful Of Faceful podcast
Services/Offer: You can get featured on the show
Who: Lara Gladstone
Services/Offer: Will share her various touring and booking templates made custom for your band. The woman is a genius. You will find this very useful.
Who: Dennis Eikenkötter
Services/Offer: Will write you up on his blog, Schwermetallisch Reviews.
Who: Sleeping Village Reviews
Services/Offer: Will help brainstorm/write/edit band bios/press releases/whatever
Services/Offer: Will feature any younger bands who were affected and are looking for coverage! Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Who: Wojciech Haslo
Services: Will spell check and edit any bio or press release
Who: Unhinged Magazine
Services/Offer: Will cover any band impacted by the coronavirus
Who: Mettle Media PR
Services/Offer: Will offer proofreading and spellchecking of press releases, bios or work resumes. They also offer free 15 minute phone consults and 30 minute FB messenger/text consults, AND a 25% discount on PR campaigns through April 30th.
Contact:Leanne@mettlemediapr.com, please include all social media/streaming links, & how the pandemic affected them.
Services/Offer: will send a link to buy your merch to their mailing list.
Services/Offer: Offering up free services to create print-ready t-shirt designs for 5 bands from their album art/logos/etc.! These designs can be for DTG or screen print (up to two colors). They also can offer discounted merch printing.
Who: Eric from www.bandmerchandmore.com
Services/Offer: Eric will set up your bands merch store for free!
Contact: Email him at: email@example.com and make sure to name drop us so he knows where the referral came from!
Services/Offer: If your band wants a FREE photoshoot and can make it to Lexington, NC
Reaper is offering a temporary license, go here to claim: https://www.reaper.fm
Who: Gramma Vedetta
Services/Offer: Will shoutout any band
Contact:firstname.lastname@example.org just explain how you were affected.
Services/Offer: The Moog Model D synth and the Korg Kaossilator apps are free on the app store!
Services/Offer: Build out your EPK using these guys awesome EPK builder: www.musicindustrymarket.com
Grants / Relief Fund
- Canadian artists may be eligible for grants! Find out more here: https://nowtoronto.com/music/national-arts-centre-facebook-livestream-grant
- LA musicians, the musicians union may be able to help you, look here: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2020/03/19/coronavirus-relief-fund-for-musicians/
- Recording Academy relief fund https://www.grammy.com/musicares/get-help/musicares-coronavirus-relief-fund
- German musicians – there is a relief fund for you! Check it out here: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/43-million-emergency-aid-program-for-songwriters-launched-by-gema-in-germany/